A Lichfield dad-of-two has set himself the challenge of raising more than £50,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust by running the London Marathon.
Businessman Mark Tweddle originally took on an gruelling endurance challenge after a friend bet that he couldn’t do it.
But since signing up to run the in the capital, his wife Yvonne’s 17-year-old godson has been diagnosed with the disease and faces the prospect of losing a leg.
Mark, of Kings Bromley, who runs Jupiter Marketing – a fruit import and export company – has also pledged to match every penny donated out of his own pocket.
As a result he hopes to be able to hand over £52k to the charity.
The 38-year-old said: “It all started from the silliness of a bet from a well-meaning friend, but now it is so much more.
“Since the diagnosis of Yvonne’s godson it has made the whole thing more real and made me even more committed. I’ve set a target of raising £1,000 per marathon mile, and for every penny raised I will match it personally.”
Mark, who is now three stones lighter as a result of training for the marathon, which he hopes to be able to complete in under four hours, added: “The Teenage Cancer Trust does some amazing work with young people and their families suffering from all types of cancer.
“For anyone who has been affected by this horrific disease, whatever age, you will understand the debilitating effect this can have during teenage years.
“With the support of this great charity, young people affected by cancer stand the very best chance of remission and if that isn’t possible they are cared for in an environment.
“The very least I can do is run a marathon for them.”
Mark’s company has previously donated a slice of the £16,000 that a team of its staff raised from completing the 3 Peaks Challenge last year to the charity in Stephen Sutton’s honour.
Anyone wanting to donate to Mark’s charity run can visit his online fundraising page.